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Empire Dust

Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz

in Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260559
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260559.003.0010
Empire Dust

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This chapter describes contemporary Greek Orthodox celebrations on an island in the Bosporus that are attended by many Muslims from Istanbul, few of whom have any knowledge of the Christian faith. It draws on archival evidence to investigate the nature of syncretic activities in the late Ottoman years and finds that there was neither a crude antagonism nor the full positive embrace of “the other” that some nostalgic romanticists imagine.

Keywords: Greek Orthodox celebrations; Bosporus; Muslims; Christianity; syncretism

Chapter.  9738 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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